9 Exciting Alternatives to Chelsea Boots

The footwear landscape has so many exciting options, from furry heels and slides to colorful strappy sandals, so why do we always turn to black booties when the cold weather hits? If you’re craving something new and exciting this winter, look no further. Between the bright-pink block heels and blue-velvet finishes on the list of boots below, your feet are in for a far more interesting January.

These vibrant, plush pink velvet shoes live up to their name. Pair them with cropped denim and a tailored white shirt, and you’ll be ready for the everyday rodeo we call life.

MR by Man Repeller I’m Here To Party Boots, $575 at Net-A-Porter

If shimmering textures and standout colors aren’t your thing, consider a more subdued black-and-white pattern.

Tibi Nora Boots, $650 at Spring

Deep-blue velvet is such a decadent color for the winter. Pair these with funky tights and a loose dress or culottes to show off that cylindrical heel.

3.1 Phillip Lim Kyoto Boots, $625 at Avenue 32

A highbrow spin on Dr. Martens, these futuristic metallic boots have a practical side with a rubber sole made for trekking through snow.

Louis Vuitton Star Trail Ankle Boots, $1,490 at Louis Vuitton

If you can handle this razor-thin heel, more power to you! The frill bow adds a delicate counterpoint to the sexy heel.

Miu Miu Ankle Boots, $1,180 at Miu Miu

The few extra minutes that these lace-up silk embroidered boots require are worth it. Think of them as a funky take on your grandmother’s throw pillows.

Brother Vellies Brocade Lali Boot, $750 at Brother Vellies

When it comes to winter staples, Zara never fails. The burgundy velvet boots add life to drab winter outfits, and the heel will pull together any basic look.

Zara Velvet High Heel Ankle Boots, $119 at Zara

These festive Lurex and leather heels are begging to be worn to all of your holiday parties.

Brother Vellies Galaxy Bianca Short Boot, $495 at Brother Vellies

Gucci’s oxford-style boots are detailed with the brand’s iconic colors and golden bee, with the bonus of a leg-lengthening wooden heel.

Gucci Canvas-Trimmed Leather Ankle Boots, $1,600 at Net-A-Porter

Styled by Shiona Turini.

9 Colorful and Textured Winter Boots